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leader eric cantor. live on capitol hill, jim rosenfield, back to you. >>> thanks, jim. president obama says he's seen no indication that national security has been compromised. he addressed the petraeus scandal for the first time at a white house news conference. the president also went out of his way to praise petraeus and said this country is safer because of the work that he has done. >> i have no evidence at this point from what i've seen that classified information was disclosed that in any way would have had negative impact on our national security. >> democrats and republicans must work together on the impending fiscal cliff. that did not stop him from criticizing the right wing for vowing to block an attempt to -- that did not stop him from criticizing some republicans attempt to stop him from making u.n. ambassador susan rice the next secretary of state. in the meantime, rice attended a u.n. security council meeting tonight on the recent violence in the gaza strip. she said president obama called benjamin netanyahu and reiterated his support for israel's right to defend itself
is on capitol hill this afternoon. steve, what did they learn? >> reporter: pat, thanks, good evening. according to one democrat, who attended one of those two closed-door sessions here up on the hill, the cia threw a politically important lifeline to obama, u.n. ambassador dr. susan rice. but the overall issue remains highly political, highly partisan. even personal. libya's become a battle between president obama and republican senator john mccain, who insisted again today the administration knew quickly that al qaeda had attacked. >> and for the president of the united states, for two weeks afterwards, to deny that that was the case, is either a cover-up or it is incompetence. >> reporter: susan rice denied it, infuriating republicans. acting cia director mike morerel on the hill today briefed some lawmakers on libya. one, a democrat said the account backed rice, that u.s. intelligence did give her the incorrect account that she passed on. >> that this was a spontaneous protest that involved something militant. that was the best information. they said they had at the time. >> reporter: there
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